Lest you think a wine & food festival is for wine & food snobs only, our favorite event was The Waffle House Smackdown, hosted by Bon Appetit Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton!
Four chefs battled in a short-order showdown to produce Waffle House menu classics, after a brief training period at a local Waffle House.
They were then judged according to Waffle House’s signature plating methods and taste, as well as standards that include an 8-minute order-to-plate, no-color omelets, toast-framing-eggs, and hash browns, as opposed to hash blondes :)
Pictured left to right in this year’s smackdown:
Kevin Gillespie of Atlanta’s Gunshow and Fan Favorite Top Chef contestant; Mike Lata of Charleston’s FIG, last year’s smackdown champion (and chef ofour favorite Charleston restaurant BTW); Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis; Chris Shepherd of Houston’s Underbelly.
The winner of the smackdown and Golden Frying Pan was Chris Shepherd, who then went on to compete against a 6 year Waffle House veteran. Even double-teaming with fellow competitor Kevin Gillespie, they quickly proved to be no match for a “Master Blaster,” the honorary title of Waffle House’s short-order chefs.
My friends and family know I would rather have a stiff poke in the eye or be served hash browns that are smothered and not covered than have my photo taken, but The Post and Courier caught me red handed. If you’re so inclined, you can see me, with my friend Ginny and our Waffle House grits & Bloody Mary in hand :)
Thank you for your visit,
Enjoy this is a brief video that explains the smackdown!
Love, love, love Waffle House. The pecan waffles are to die for!
How do you do, Miss Mary. Thanks for sharing your pic and please please never stop blogging – your blog is my all time favorite!
I love it! Wish I lived in the south. You ‘all have the best food!
Sounds like a lot of fun Mary! Loved seeing your photo!
I loved seeing your picture and the clever Waffle House Smackdown.
Loved FINALLY seeing you!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful self. We may be going to Charleston this week. Decided to go early and tour C. til the car is ready. I have wanted to go there for AGES!!!!
‘Taint nothin worse than Hash Blondes! They have to be nicely browned:@) Looks like you had a great time Mary!
That’s my kinda smack down Mary! I loved seeing your pretty face!! It’s always nice being able to picture the person that posts and inspires us. xo
Great story and video! Loved seeing you and Ginny with you Waffle House hats!
You’al surely do know how to paaarrrty’!!! franki
We are sooo cute bet we’ll be in the new Waffle House Ad Campaign!!!
Looks like it was an enjoyable event. Glad to see your picture.
so fun to finally put a face with your voice, thanks for sharing the illusive you!
Oh Mary,~~ you’re cute, it is nice to put a face with one gifted lady !!Looks like you are having a fun time :)
Oh, how much fun you appear to be having! It reminds me of the song, “Scattered, Smothered, Covered, and Fried!”
mary, i used to follow quite a lot of blogs, but slowly unsubscribed down to only a few. i love HIWTBI – it is my hands-down favorite. thank you for sharing your photo – it’s nice to have a face to go with your thoughtful words and gorgeous photos.
can’t get much better than a Waffle House waffle!
Thanks Mary for finally showing us your lovely self!! You need to add more shots of you and your sweet doggies!!
And you don’t like to have your picture taken because………???? Get outta here! Now that you’ve outed yourself, you’ll have to appear in your blog photos at least once a month or otherwise face an uprising! :-)
The Waffle House Smackdown sounds like a ton of fun. I have never eaten at a Waffle House. I’ve seen them plenty. They’re all around where I live. I’ve just never eaten there. Went in to eat once, but had to leave in a hurry before we could even order. Oh, well…maybe someday! Especially now that I’ve seen this!!!
So nice to finally see a photo of beautiful you! Now all of your posts will be even more personal! What a fun contest!!
OH how much total fun!! I would love that! I love to watch the Bobby Flay throwdowns~ I am glad to see that Charleston chefs got casual and had some fun…OK, why am I craving a waffle and a bloody Mary! And hash browns!!